The major components of the NPHCE

The major components of the NPHCE are:-

        i.       Setting up of Geriatric department in identified Regional Geriatric Centres (RGC) with OPD care services and 30 bedded Geriatric wards for providing indoor services. RGCs will also undertake PG Courses in Geriatric for developing Human Resource.

      ii.       Setting up of Geriatric units at all District Hospitals that will provide specialist services. A 10 bedded Geriatric Ward will also be set up for providing indoor services.

    iii.       Establishment of Rehabilitation unit at all Community Health Centres (CHCs) and Geriatric clinic twice/week.

    iv.       Setting up weekly Geriatric clinic by trained medical Officer at Primary Health Centres (PHCs).

      v.       IEC on healthy life style, home care to the bed ridden and supportive devices for the needy elderly persons at sub-centre level.

As on date, a total of 104 districts of 24 States/UTs and 08 regional Geriatric Centres have been covered under the programme. Details of activities undertaken at different levels under the Programme as per information available are enclosed below:-

The following 08 Regional Geriatric Centres have already been established in the country:-

1.   All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi
2.   Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
3.   Grants Medical College & JJ Hospitals, Mumbai.
4.   Guwahati Medical College, Guwahati, Assam.
5.   Trivandrum Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
6.   Madras Medical College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
7.   Sher-a-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Kashmir.
8.   Dr. S.N. Medical College, Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

The Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the LokSabha here today


Health Research 

The Department of Health Research has formulated a National Health Research Policy with a view to maximize returns on investments in health research and to prioritize, coordinate and to facilitate conduct, policies and programmes aimed at improving health especially of the vulnerable population.

The Policy Framework does not envisage setting up of any centralized academic research institute.  However, it envisages creation of an appropriate health research system in the country through the creation of an overarching National Health Research Management Forum, having representation of all key stakeholders. 

The objectives of the NHRF would inter alia relate to
i)                    advise on and evolve national health research policies and priorities and to evolve mechanism and action plans for their implementation.
ii)                  develop a five year projection of the plans for health research and to prepare an annual National health research plan;
iii)                undertake mid-Plan appraisal for course correction, as needed;
iv)                promote development of health research activities in the country;
v)                  review biomedical & health research management, and suggest strategies to overcome problems in implementation of policies;
vi)                suggest mechanisms to nurture a scientific environment to attract talent and development of human resources for biomedical and health research; and
vii)              facilitate utilization and dissemination of research results and advocacy for health research.

Though the Department of Health is keen for early operationalizing the various components of the National Health Research Policy, setting of requisite infrastructures and system would depend upon allocation of requisite financial resources and suitable strengthening of the Department by the Government.

During the financial years 2014-15 and 2015-16, funds have been allocated for the five new schemes as under:

The Government has conducted any study/research to ascertain the impact of climate change on health.

The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate change has stated that they have brought out a study Report in November, 2010 regarding Climate Change and India, A 4x4 Assessment.  A Sectoral and Regional Analysis for 2030 which covers INCCA: India Net work for Climate Change Assessment on health is being reported on Chapter-7, Link public information/fin-rpt-incca.pdf.

To assess the long term impact of air pollution on human health ( a study on morbidity on adult and children), Central Pollution Control Board had sponsored three epidemiological studies, 2 in Delhi (urban) and covering Northern and Eastern States (Rural) which were conducted by ChittranjanNational Cancer Institute, Kolkata during 2002-2005 and 2007-2012. These studies indicate that several pulmonary and systemic changes and other health impairments are associated with cumulative exposure to high levels of particulate matter which increases the risk of various diseases including respiratory and cardiovascular. However, results are indicative rather than conclusive because health effects of air pollution are synergistic and additive which includes wide range of variation which also depends on various factors like food habits, socio-economic status, medical history, immunity of the individual and heredity.         

The Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.
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